|After 24 minutes in Indy, the Sixers are clearly playing the aggressor. Down 4 with a couple quarters to go, can they keep up the pressure and squeak out a stunner?|
|There is no guarantee tonight will be Evan Turner's last in a Sixers uniform. Spencer Hawes, Kwame Brown and even Nick Young could return as well. The only sure thing is tonight will be a farewell for Doug Collins as the team's head coach. Love him, hate him, or have no feelings either way about him, Doug's vinegar-strokes faces will no longer be on the sidelines when this team (or at least a new team wearing the same uniform) takes the floor next fall. One last time in Indy.|
|For the first time in months, the Sixers put together consecutive quality efforts. They took down the Nets behind inspired play from Hawes, then nearly halted Miami's win streak at 19. Tonight, they're going to face the type of team they can beat. Indy is a quality squad, but their offense is bad. They rely on the best defense in the league to carry the #20 offense. The Pacers are quite similar to what the Sixers were last season.|
|The Indiana Pacers bring a 4-game win streak into the WFC tonight to face the Sixers, including a win yesterday and a win Monday. Tonight, the Sixers have to push the pace. Make Indy expend a ton of energy early and often. See if you can steal a win against what has to be a tired squad.|
|The Sixers may be without the services of Jrue Holiday (boot pictured above), who was diagnosed with a sprained foot yesterday, for their road game in Indy tonight. Jrue is officially day-to-day, and will travel with the team, so there's a chance he'll suit up. Either way, tonight is probably the point at which this schedule flips on its head.|
Latest comment: from Da JruthI heard that it's flu season but looks like Turneritis has returned too....
|This is the type of game that really would've gotten us excited a couple of months ago. Hopefully, it's the type of game we're going to see a couple of times in the playoffs. It's not really the fact that the Sixers won a close game against a good team that encourages, it's the fact that they played tough. They bodied up one of the most physical teams in the league, and really pushed them around in this overtime win. (game capsule).|
|The good news is this game was much more reminiscent of the way the Sixers played earlier in the season than their recent stretch of hopeless play. The bad news is that this was reminiscent of their early season play in that they did everything they could to lose a close game. (game capsule)|
|Pretty much every strength the Sixers rely on to overcome their terrible big man rotation failed them tonight. Plus, their terrible big man rotation was predictably terrible, led by Spencer Hawes, circa 2010. (game capsule).|
Latest comment: from mchezo3 fouls in three quarters is pathetic. these is no excuse for that kind of officiating. ...
|The Indiana Pacers are currently percentage points ahead of the Sixers in the standings. That margin means everything once the playoffs start. Even if the Sixers win the Atlantic Division and are guaranteed no worse than the #4 seed, they could still be a road team in the first round of the playoffs if the #5 seed has a better record. A win tonight would give the Sixers a one-game lead on Indy and a 2-0 advantage in their head-to-head games (with 2 left to play at the end of the season). Must. Win.|
|Every stat will tell you the Sixers have been one of the best teams in the league to this point, if not the single best. They've been murdering teams, dominating with their defense and pummeling with their offense. Their detractors will ask, "Who have they played?" Well, tonight they have a chance to take down a playoff team from last season in the Pacers. A team that's 6-2 and sports some impressive defensive stats of their own.|
|The Sixers came out with bad intentions at the Conseco Fieldhouse tonight, then spent the rest of the game toying with the Pacers emotions before finally putting them to sleep with a late burst to secure the double-digit road win. Andre Iguodala reminded Danny Granger why he was stapled to the bench for Team USA this summer en route to another double-double.|